NEC biometric security trials with Singapore government completed successfully

NEC Asia Pacific has announced the successful completion of three safety and security test bed projects with Singapore’s government, in collaboration with JTC and under the mandate of the Safety and Security Industry Programme (SSIP) 2020. The first trial used NEC’s NeoFace Facial Recognition software, and correlation of audio and video analytics by the Intelligent Complex Event Processing engine to test early detection of suspicious behavior, identify Persons of Interest (POI) in both indoor and outdoor environments. The second trial

Singapore trialing NEC facial recognition tech to fight crime more efficiently

The Singapore government is working with NEC to fight crime more efficiently and effectively, according to a report in The Straits Times. Concept trials began this year using NEC’s Neoface facial recognition technology. “… we are looking at an integrated approach that can give us a situation picture (using) video surveillance and that can help enhance our officers’ sense-making and decision-making,” explained Lawrence Tham, deputy director of strategy and concept generation under the Ministry of Home Affairs’ ops-tech group. “That

Biometrics-based payment system coming soon for Singapore school kids

Singapore-based Coolpay has customized its biometrics-based loyalty and payment solution, Touché, for the school environment. The customized solution, which eliminates the need for cash, cards, wearables, vouchers or smart wallets by allowing payment through just two fingers, will be an upcoming feature of the POSB Smart Buddy program to facilitate a simpler payment experience for students. Students register their two fingers once on the device and link it through the POSB Smart Buddy program to their parents’ bank account. The

Singapore testing biometric immigration clearance system for drivers

The Singaporean government is currently testing a full self-service system with biometric and passport scans for immigration clearance, which would allow travelers to drive into a car bay and have their identity authenticated while remaining in their vehicle, according to a report by Today Online. The prototype for the Automated Passenger In-Car Clearance System was completed in late December and is currently undergoing technical trials that will run until the end of the year. The system’s prototype was unveiled at

Startup Xjera Labs develops advanced facial recognition system

Singapore-based startup Xjera Labs has developed a face recognition system that uses artificial intelligence to detect and identify a person or an object from CCTV footage within minutes, according to a report by International Business Times. In development for the past five years, Xjera Labs’ neural networks can detect individuals, vehicles and objects from video footage with a 97 percent accuracy, based on a database of 20,000 facial images taken from CCTV footage. Neural networks are large networks comprised of

Singapore’s new digital identity system to include biometrics

The Singapore government is evaluating biometrics, open APIs and e-payments for its new digital identity system, according to a report by GovInsider. “I have asked the team to look at three features in the short term,” Minister in charge of Smart Nation, Vivian Balakrishnan, said in Parliament. “One, to include biometric elements; two, to enable encryption; and three, to have open Application Programming Interfaces.” Biometrics could allow citizens to use their fingerprints to login to services, while the encryption function

Singapore introducing iris scans at land and sea checkpoints for identity verification

Iris recognition technology will be introduced at Singapore’s land and sea checkpoints within the next two years to boost identity verification methods, according to a recent report in Channel NewsAsia. Just last week Singapore’s Parliament passed amendments to the National Registration Act to strengthen the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Photos and fingerprints are currently used to identify travellers at Singapore’s checkpoints, but starting next year, the ICA will start collecting iris images from

Citibank Singapore implementing mobile digital wallets, voice biometrics

Citibank Singapore has been focusing their credit card efforts on mobile e-wallet payments via the Android platform, following last month’s individual announcements by five major banks in Singapore that they are introducing credit and debit cards’ compatibility with Apple Pay, according to a report by Fintech Innovation. The bank has set its sights on launching their first mobile e-wallet service via Samsung Pay, and is currently beta testing those customers with compatible mobile phones. Samsung Pay is scheduled to launch

South Korea considering biometric security system to protect government buildings

Following a security breach earlier this month, the South Korean government is considering adopting a biometrics recognition system using fingerprints, faces or irises to protect government office buildings. An individual was recently arrested for unauthorized entry into the government complex in central Seoul. According to the National Police Agency, he illegally entered the building a total of five times after he stole an identification card of a public official working in the building in February. “After the incident, we are

OCBC Group adds fingerprint authentication to mobile trading app

Singaporean financial institution OCBC Group has developed the OneTouch fingerprint authentication feature and applied the technology to multiple mobile applications for banking and stockbroking. Launched in March 2015, the OCBC Mobile Banking app for iPhones was the first banking app in Singapore to allow customers to access their balances and transaction histories across their bank accounts, credit cards and investments by swiping their fingerprint on their device. The bank has now expanded the OneTouch technology to include brokerage services. OCBC